Historic Room | June 29-August 27, 2016
Artist Michael Crane’s style is rooted in the Pop Art aesthetic featuring whimsical cats in bold fields of color. As an art historian first and foremost, Crane integrates historical subject matter into some of his work leaving the viewer eager to discover its inner meaning. Other pieces have taken a lighter angle ranging from animal themes, space travel, music and more — “these cats have inspired me throughout my artistic journey,” Crane remarked.
Over the years, Crane has experimented with various mediums (gouache, oil, acrylic, and spray.) As a self-taught artist, he has benefitted from close friendships with trained artists located in both San Francisco and Detroit. Many have helped him sharpen his technique along with serving as valuable resources when incubating new ideas.
Crane’s work was most recently exhibited at the Secunda Museum, “Vive le Chat: the Art of Michael Crane” (September 9, 2015—January 29, 2016) in Howell, MI. He also exhibited at “The Loin” and at 50 Mason Social House in San Francisco. And, if you look closely, you will see a piece of his work featured in the national documentary, “Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World.”